February 15, 2017
Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked,
“Do you see anything?”
Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.”
Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;
his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.
Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)
One mark of Jesus’ ministry is the healing of blindness. With mud, spit, or words, He grants sight. It is good to ask ourselves of the things that lead us to be blind in seeing the goodness and mercy of God?
According to Keri Wyatt Kent, blind in Greek is tuphlos which derives from the verb tupho, which means “to make a smoke”. The idea is that something is smoldering, but the smoke obscures it. The related word tuphoo means to be proud or conceited. It is very accurate since pride often blinds us.
The Gospel today reminds me to revisit myself. What are these attitudes I have that bring me to the state of blindness. For me, pride and self-righteousness especially with those things that I know, lead me to be blind. Relying on my own capacity makes me be blind to asking help from others that may lead or build relationships. On the other hand, relying on the capacity of others leads me to be complacent in dealing with some matters. This kind of blindness makes me more dependent on others and become less eager to push myself with what I can do and to discover the gifts that I have.
The Gospel today is a good reminder for me that, as I realize my own blindness, I can ask for healing, for sight. In addition, an encounter with God and with His grace can open my eyes. The healing that we receive from Him is a way for others to see God, to see His work displayed in our lives. The invitation for us now is to bring other people to Jesus and to envision how to do it.